You guys, I love Halloween. The reason why I probably love it so much is because it’s the beginning of my most favorite holiday trifecta. I’m taking inspiration with my floral decor this season from interiors. This simple centerpiece is made from a paper mache witch’s hat (which I painted black), barked wire wrapped around the base of the hat, some liquid amber leaves, seeded eucalyptus and some daisies (?).
I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t have a ton of knowledge regarding flower species, but that doesn’t keep me from making my own arrangements and it shouldn’t keep you from trying either. I learn as I go and I use flowers and fillers than I’m visually drawn to. My last big floral achievement was my wedding, then there was the Alice Waters and Levis event, and some showers and parties sprinkled in here and there. Flowers are fun for me. You get quicker gratification with flowers compared to design projects that can take months to complete. Another reason why I love flower arranging is that they really don’t have to be fussy or complicated. The mere fact that you went out and got some flowers to put in a vase is success enough!
Just a few new items in le shop…it’s really feeling like Fall around here.
On a recent trip to LA I made it a point to visit the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. I’m not sure why it took me so long to visit this design mecca, but it was more than worth the wait and it was overwhelmingly inspiring. My love of design, before even working in interior design, began with mid-century architecture and furniture. I didn’t know who or what anything was at the time, I just knew I was drawn to the lifestyle that mid-century architecture dictated and I loved the look of the furniture. I owe a lot of my found passion to people like Charles and Ray Eames. I am still constantly inspired by their curiosity and creativity that touched so many different arenas of design.
It was a calm morning when I visited and I walked quietly along the road that led up to the Case Study No. 8 house. Upon entering the property, I took a deep breath and just stood there, very still. I had seen many photos of the house interior and exterior, but not very many of the meadow where this house sits. The rolling grassy meadow is dotted with eucalyptus trees and overlooks the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It’s quite breathtaking when you see it in person.
Interior visits are not allowed, so I peeked through the windows to investigate every nook and cranny possible. To have this little window into the lives of Charles and Ray made me a little teary-eyed because not only did they have a beautifully designed home inside and out, but they also had a life where work was play and play was work and they did it all together. This work-life-balance-lifestyle is something my husband and I are constantly striving for and to see it realized by such an iconic couple was very inspiring. So that’s why I cried a little.
Something Charles said deeply resonated within me and helped reaffirm why I love designing spaces for other people.
“We agreed that the house must make no insistent demands for itself, but rather aid as a background for life in work. This house acts as a reorientator and shock absorber and should provide the needed relaxations from the daily complications arising within problems.”
When I first started getting into “designing” my own space (post college), I was very into the iconic mid-century pieces, like the Eames lounge chair and ottoman (which is currently sitting in the basement), or the Eames molded plywood chair, and always questioned whether I should get a Noguchi table (I never did). I loved the minimal look of mid-century design, but as the years have passed my design style has evolved into a more eclectic look. My knowledge of different design styles has grown vastly, mostly due to the varied clientele I worked with through the firm, and that’s probably why my personal preference for design is a mix and match of anything and everything.
I loved seeing the transformation of the Eames’ interior from minimal Japanese goza mats to very layered where all the hard edged things are obscured by all the collages of objects. All the greenery must also get a nod because the presence of nature adds to the coziness of what would otherwise be a cold shell. And the layered seating areas have given me quite a few ideas to transform my own sofa.
If you’re a design nerd like me, I highly recommend visiting the Eames house if you haven’t already. I plan to come back with the hubs when we’re down south again.
“Container of your life can be simple but your life doesn’t have to be simple.”
Oh Friday how I love you. I’ve got plans do to a little apple pickin’ before the season’s over which will then lead to pie makin’. Maybe a bike around the city, a night out in the Mission and a possible Fort Funston treat for little Greti. That’s the two of us above just last weekend. Hope you guys have a good one!
These footstools were shipped down to LA for my nephew’s annual school auction. Instead of donating a chair this year, I donated two sets of footstools since they were such a hit at last year’s auction. You can also purchase them in le shop. I’m slightly obsessed with the peacock geometric pattern. It might be making another appearance as my living room bench, but maybe with a red tassel fringe trim?